KARACHI - A one and a half-year-old girl was strangled to death after rape in Nazimabad locality here on Tuesday.

Rizvia police have found the body of a minor girl from Jalalabad locality of Nazimabad after being informed by locals.

The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. According to the Additional Police Surgeon Dr Rubina Hasan, who conducted the autopsy, she was subjected to rape later strangulated.

SHO Malik Mazhar Iqbal said that the family members claim that her body was found from a street outside her home whereas the police had recovered the body from her residence. Police officials said that during the initial course of investigation it seemed that a close relative might have been involved in the rape-cum-murder. Further investigations are underway.

2 SUSPECTS KILLED IN ENCOUNTERS

Two suspects including an alleged car lifter were killed in separate encounters in different area of the city on Tuesday.

Anti-Car Lifting Unit police’s spokesperson said during snap-checking near Aziz Bhatti Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal police personnel tried to stop a suspect when the motorists resorted to firing. When police retaliated, they tried to escape. The spokesperson said during an exchange of fire, a suspect sustained bullet wounds, however, his three other accomplices managed to flee from the scene. Police shifted the injured suspect to hospital where doctors pronounced his death. Police also recovered a snatched car and a pistol from his possession. The spokesperson said the victim suspect identified as Ali Sunaro, a ring leader of car lifter group.

In another exchange of fire between Sohrab Goth police and the criminals, an alleged bandit was killed. SHO Imail Lashari said, during the routine patrolling, police personnel tried to intercept three suspects who opened fire on the police.

 During an exchange of fire, a suspect was killed on the spot and his other accomplices managed to escape under the cover of fire. Police shifted the body to morgue for identification after medicolegal formalities.